Dec 062017
 
Nigeria to play WC warm-up with England

ABUJA: Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set to play England in a World Cup warm-up game in June, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mohammed Sanusi has said. “We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,” he said, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out. Both Nigeria and England will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia. The Super Eagles are drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, while England are in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. Both countries have clashed once at this level, in November 1995, when England won 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a David Platt headed goal. Click for detailed story

Nov 142017
 
Aguero collapses at halftime as Argentina lose to Nigeria

MOSCOW: Argentina striker Sergio Aguero collapsed in the dressing room at halftime before they lost 4-2 to fellow World Cup qualifiers Nigeria after taking a two-goal lead in a friendly in Krasnodar, Russia on Tuesday.The Argentine Football Federation (AFA) said in a statement that Aguero, who scored in the first half, was taken away for routine examinations but added: “The player is well”.His Premier League club Manchester City said the 29-year-old Aguero had been cleared by doctors to return to England as planned after he suffered what they called “a dizzy spell”.“Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks,” City said on their official website (www.mancity.com).Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli rested Lionel Messi following the 1-0 win over next year’s World Cup hosts Russia on Saturday and it seemed that they could cope without him.Ever Banega curled in a free kick, awarded after Nigeria goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi picked the ball up outside his area, in the 28th minute and Aguero finished off a sweeping counter-attack eight minutes later.But Kelechi Iheanacho inspired Nigeria’s fightback.First, he emulated Banega by scoring from a free kick on the stroke of halftime and then set up the equaliser by pulling the ball back for Alex Iwobi to net seven minutes after the re-start.The Super Eagles took the lead two minutes after that when Brian Idowu sidefooted home from the edge of the area to finish off a counter-attack.A superb goal by Iwobi completed the comeback in the 73rd minute as he [Read More…]

Apr 202017
 
Out of school

This refers to the article, ‘Why children don’t attend school’ (April 17), by Umer Khalid. The article highlights the bleak picture of illiteracy in Pakistan. Out of 50.8 million children, 24.8m are out of school. This gloomy statistic ranks Pakistan the second largest country – after Nigeria – in the world with the most out-of-school children. What are the reasons that contribute to the alarmingly high number of out-of-school children. One believes that factors like poverty, terrorism, location of school, social constraints and early marriages, exorbitant fees, and lack of transportation, play a vital role in further deteriorating the state of education. According to the country’s constitution, it is the state’s responsibility to provide free education to all children from the age of five to 16 years. The KP government has drafted a bill that will enable the out-of-school children to get free and compulsory education in KP. It is the need of the hour to implement the bill not only in lone region but across the country as well. Hakimullah Wazir Islamabad Click for detailed story

Mar 202017
 

Nigeria is a big country, geographically and in terms of population. Like most developing countries, it has a few sprawling metropolises and then the rest of the country is rural. This article explores how the advent of the internet is changing the face of rural Nigeria Click for detailed story

Feb 012017
 
National hero

This refers to the article, ‘Call it fate’ (Jan 30), by Dr A Q Khan. Sometimes a good advice by somebody can prove to be a game-changer in one’s life. The same happened to Dr A Q Khan. Had he not consulted his professor regarding his decision to join as a teacher in Nigeria, he would have remained a teacher throughout his life and Pakistan would have been deprived of a nuclear scientist of his calibre. His perks as a teacher – which were offered to him at that time in Nigeria – included a good salary, a furnished bungalow, an advance to purchase a car, and two months’ leave to go home every two years along with travel expenses. If we compare these perks with those available to our teachers in Pakistan, one will be disappointed to know that none of the above perks are available to our teachers. Our teachers lead a pitiable life throughout. The salary in this profession is low, no accommodation or medical allowance is provided. The feat of Dr A Q Khan – giving a tit-for-tat reply to India when that country went ahead with a test of its nuclear device – would be remembered by this nation for times to come. We may call it fate, and say that it was written in his fate that he would give Pakistan the nuclear weapons’ capability. Dr Khan is a hero of this nation and deserves special gratitude of the people of Pakistan. The whole [Read More…]

Apr 172014
 
President to visit Nigeria from 21st

ISLAMABAD : President Mamnoon Hussain will undertake an official visit to Nigeria beginning from April 21, Foreign Office said on Thursday. The four-day visit is taking place at the invitation of the President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan. According to FO, this is an important visit since it would be the first presidential visit from Pakistan to Nigeria in last three decades. During his stay in … Click for detailed story

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